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February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

http://deallook.com/free_casino/The_Education_Of_A_Poker_Player_by_Herbert_Osborne_Yardley_www.deallook.com.pdf

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“Whale Hunt In the Desert”

February 8, 2011 1 comment

Whale Hunt in the Desert: The Secret Las Vegas of Superhost Steve Cyr

According to Steve Cyr, the independant Las Vegas casino host who made it happen, high-stakes gamer and poker enthusiast Montel Williams’  fantasy was to bungee-jump out of a helicopter over an erupting volcano – free of charge.

Was this an attempt to transcend human fear?

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Nasty river: 15K GTD final table

February 3, 2011 Leave a comment

This guy Vanje was the only LAG left in the final few tables. He had accumulated tons of chips, raising close to 50% of hands, against an extremely tight field comprised mainly of Broomcorn’s Uncles.

When he limped in, I elected to complete my SB with J♦T♦; then immediately  shoved around Quadruple-Pot, preferring to take it down on the J♦9♥8♥ flop than to race. My holding was favored against almost all plausible holdings (even big overpairs, in case Vanje happened to be trapping).

True to a loose nature, he tanked briefly and called with K♥5♥, the very top of his “limp/chase-down” range. It turns out to be nearly a perfect break-even chip decision: calling off ~20K to win ~28K is equivalent to 42.2% pot odds. Whether or not it was a smart move to jeopardize so many chips on a draw – that is a question I leave to the endgame theoretical gurus… He decided to “roll the dice” with his chip leadership and 43% equity in the hand, hoping (possibly praying) to destroy me, which I will take as a compliment.

Just another one of those nasty rivers!

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